200 ml Yixing Zisha Shipiao Teapot, Dicaoqing clay, by Wuyou Hall
This is an yixing teapot made from Dicaoqing clay, a dark purple clay. As the teapot is used it will develop a shine. The first photo shows the teapot after a month of use. The other photos show the teapot fresh out of the kiln without the patina developed from use.
This teapot shape is known as shipiao. This pot is known as "half-handmade" as the sculptor uses a molding tool to shape the body, and uses his hands for the handle, spout, holes, and smoothing out the body. In fact, no machine was used in it's shaping as the use of the tool is entirely manual. This teapot holds 200ml and was made by Wuyou Hall studio.
Preparation Before Use
Yixing Teapots should be prepared before using the first time. This is called "opening the pot". It removes the dust from firing the teapot.
We recommend rinsing the teapot under warm water two or three times, then filling the teapot with boiling water and emptying it out two to three times. After this the teapot is ready for use.
Some recommend seasoning the teapot by placing it in a pot full of boiling hot tea to sit and absorb the flavour and tea oil, speeding up the seasoning of the teapot and giving it a premature shine. This is not necessary, the teapot will season naturally as it is used.